Dr David Mitchell Joins New College of the Humanities’ Teaching Staff

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Philosophy academic appointed as Senior Lecturer at growing independent university college.

Dr David Mitchell

I am delighted to become part of such a distinguished body of teaching staff, and to have the opportunity to work with them to guide, challenge and inspire the next generation of leaders and thinkers.

Dr David Mitchell has been appointed to join New College of the Humanities as a Senior Lecturer.

Dr Mitchell gained his D.Phil from the University of Oxford, working on problems of rationality in epistemology and ethics. He has previously lectured at the University of Cambridge and the University of Leicester, and for the last five years he has been teaching history of western philosophy at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London.

Dr Mitchell is author of a survey of post-Aristotelian philosophy for the London external BA programme and has published articles on practical reasoning and in applied ethics and the history of ethics.

Dr David Mitchell said, “I am delighted to become part of such a distinguished body of teaching staff and to have the opportunity to work with them to guide, challenge and inspire the next generation of leaders and thinkers.

"The one-to-one tuition offered by New College of the Humanities gives both student and tutor the opportunity to engage with problems in a lively and relevant way, and I am greatly looking forward to the beginning of the academic year.”

In addition to his teaching, Dr Mitchell has recently taken a particular interest in philosophical aspects of issues in international development. This has led to consultancy work with UN agencies and to earning an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

Dr Mitchell joins Philosophy course convener and senior lecturer Dr Naomi Goulder in the New College of the Humanities Philosophy faculty. NCH students studying for a single honours Philosophy degree will also experience lectures from Professor Rebecca Goldstein, Professor Simon Blackburn, Professor Ronald Dworkin, Professor Steven Pinker, Professor Peter Singer, Professor Ken Gemes and Professor AC Grayling, Master of the College.

The university college, launched in June 2011, is currently accepting applications for its September 2012 intake. To be considered for the first tranche of New College of the Humanities’ generous exhibitions worth over 60% of the fees, applications must be received by Sunday 11 March 2012.

Professor AC Grayling, Master of the College, said, “We are very pleased to announce Dr Mitchell’s appointment to the philosophy faculty as a further addition to the body of academic staff at the College.

By attracting superb lecturers such as David, we are promoting excellence in teaching of the humanities and ensuring that the academic experience our students receive is second to none.”

About New College of the Humanities
New College of the Humanities (NCH) is a first-class independent university college based in central London, offering a new model of higher education for the humanities in the UK. NCH students will have one of the best staff-student ratios in UK higher education and will benefit from a high number of contact hours as well as engaging and challenging weekly one to one tutorials.

Our Professors are international experts in their fields and our full time academic staff members have been selected for their passion and proven ability for teaching in addition to their research interests.

NCH will welcome its first intake of students in September 2012 and will prepare students for undergraduate degrees in: Law LLB, Economics BSc, History BA, Philosophy BA and English BA. In addition to their degree, all NCH students will also study towards the NCH Diploma, covering four modules from one of the other degree subjects or Politics as a contextual course, plus core courses in Applied Ethics, Logic and Critical Thinking, Science Literacy as well as a Professional Skills course.

The College is centrally located in Bloomsbury, London’s university district, and students will have access to many of the resources of the University of London: the exceptional library in Senate House, the University of London Union, sports facilities, and many other opportunities to enrich themselves through extra-curricular activity.

NCH will make offers of full scholarships, or generous exhibitions worth 60% of the fees, to over a fifth of applicants. The deadline for applicants wishing to be considered for the first tranche of exhibitions is Sunday 11 March 2012.

The applications process is independent of UCAS and applications can be made in addition to the five UCAS choices. Visit http://www.NCHum.org for all enquiries and applications.

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